KUALA TERENGGANU: Mohammad Danial Zainuddin is autistic but his academic achievements have been exemplary.
The special education student scored 9As in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah trial and is hoping to repeat his feat in the actual examination, which started yesterday.
The 16-year-old from SMK Agama Sheikh Abdul Malik here has been described as academically gifted as he also scored 5As in the UPSR.
State Education department director Razali Daud said Mohammad Danial was the only special education student at the school but had been outshining his peers.
“We are hoping that he can create history by becoming the only special education student to achieve such a remarkable feat,” he said.
He added that the state had 91 special education students but Mohammad Danial was the most promising.
School principal Rubiah Abdul Samad said Mohammad Danial was the best student in the school.
“I am amazed at his diligence. He spends most of his time studying and all of us will be delighted if he can create history,” she said at the school yesterday.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Danial's mother Rozimah Mohd Ikram, 46, said her daughter Nurul Diana, 15, was also sitting for the PMR at the same school. She hoped both her children would do well.
“However, it will be a bonus if Mohammad Danial can become the first special education student in the country to score straight As in the PMR.
“We just hope he does his best,” she said, adding that Mohammad Danial was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old.
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